Amazon Has Been Secretly Building An At-Home Robot
Over the last 10 years, Amazon has become an undisputed giant in the technology industry. From the Kindle to the Echo, Amazon has reached the top of the industry. But this new secret project they have been working on is about to push them to new heights.
A Roman Goddess
Amazon’s new plan is to create a domestic robot that does more than just vacuum your floors like the ever-so-popular Roomba does. Rumor has it that this robot will use a similar technology to Alexa, but with mobility. It will be called “Vesta,” a reference to the Roman goddess of hearth, home, and family.
As of right now, the project is still in the beginning phases. It is being overseen by Gregg Zehr from Amazon’s Lab126 in Sunnyvale, California. This is the same lab that created the Echo, Fire TV, and Fire tablets.
A Literal Sidekick
The secret robot will supposedly be equipped with cameras and computer vision software so that it can follow you around to the parts of your house where the Echo is not. It will act sort of like a self-driving car.
At this point, it is unclear what specific tasks the robot will be able to perform. For some people, it could simply offer companionship. Recent advances in computer vision technology, cameras, and artificial intelligence make it much more likely for this robot to become a reality.
A Well-Kept Secret
Amazon employees say that they will not comment on “rumors and speculation” regarding the domestic robot project. But robots are already used to build cars and perform surgeries. So is it really that crazy to think there could be one that does household chores?
We may still be decades away from this virtual assistant becoming a family member in homes across America. But based on what we know, Amazon has begun working on the project and continues to post job openings for experts in robotics and engineering. And we’re excited.
More in Innovation
Human Computer Katherine Johnson Is A Living Legacy
Katherine Johnson has been dubbed the human computer. Her work at NASA Langley Research Center produced the calculations responsible for sending...September 14, 2018
Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes Are Officially Back, And Everyone Is Ready
It’s that time of the year again: Pumpkin Spice Latte season at Starbucks. Everyone loves the Pumpkin Spice Latte, and next...September 8, 2018
Artists Build A Breaching Whale Made Of 10,000 Pounds of Plastic With A Message
Through the Bruges Triennial, artists from all over have constructed amazing works of art throughout the historic city of Bruges, Belgium. A particular...July 30, 2018
How A Woman Turned An Old Commuter Bus Into Her Dream Home
Tiny homes are all the rage right now, and Jessie Lipskin of New York was ready for a change in her life....July 6, 2018
Man Buys Old Airplane And Turns It Into His Home
If you were to find an airplane in the middle of the woods, what would you think? Is it the scene...June 20, 2018
Even Without NASA, Jeff Bezos Still Wants To Colonize The Moon
Ever since the words “one small step for man” were uttered, every aerospace foundation across the world have toyed with the...June 12, 2018
Woman Asked To Prove She Isn’t A Robot In Real Life
Proving you are not a robot has become a daily routine when you sign into your online accounts on various websites....June 10, 2018
Why Online Shopping Companies Know Us So Well
If you’re like us, you love online shopping. Who wants to go to a grocery store or a shopping mall and...June 10, 2018
Apple Watch Is An “Angel In Disguise” By Saving New York Man’s Life
There are many times technology fails us and leaves us hanging. We become frustrated and want to throw away the expensive...June 8, 2018